Archive for May, 2017

We Will Find Them Once We Have Them Replaced!

We Will Find Them Once We Have Them Replaced!

“I don’t see them!” I mutter as I move levels, packages of screws, and pieces of molding around on the workbench-once-the dining-room-table, now with a flannel sheet draped over the top to protect the finish from carpentry stuff.

The Captain, perched on the top of the ladder was using the drill to screw in the hinges for the glass doors of the China Hutch he had been assembling for the last few days.

I tried another approach to find the elusive “parts” to the fourth and final glass door.


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Memorial Day 2017

My dear readers, 

Today is Memorial Day.  

And I have a DIY that will work for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

This flag is sooo easy to make….it is made with small boards (or lathes) cut off to the desired flag size. (mine is 20X36)


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The Chocolate Gravy Myth….And How I Think It Started!

The Chocolate Gravy Myth…And How I Think It Started!

Grandma Olfiel lived in a small three room house with brown pebble siding. It sat under a huge oak tree on a winding dirt road known as Front Street.

Sitting in and about my great grandma’s kitchen were beige colored pots and pans made of enamel-ware. Each piece had a green trim on the rim.

I remember the wash basin of that same enamel-ware that sat on the small back porch with the squeaky screen door.  I remember because she used to tell me to wash my hands in that basin before entering the small house.

She was a tiny woman who rarely left her little house with the gnarly tree roots snaking right up to the back door.  She was content to listen to the radio or read her Bible while the clock on the buffet ticked loudly in the silence.

Great-Grandma liked to cook and specifically, she liked to make home made biscuits and chocolate gravy.

This was my first introduction to Chocolate Gravy made in the beige enamel-ware saucepan with the green rim on a kerosene stove. 

My dear readers….some people have a difficult time saying these two words together, but try it please.

Chocolate and now…say, gravy!

See???? You can do it.

Now say Chocolate Gravy as if it is all one word. I do not know what it is about those two words together, but when you say them …. you will get one of two different reactions.


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Florida Blue Crab Season Tablescape

Florida Blue Crab Season Tablescape!!!!

My dear friends….I love seafood!

I love nautical!

I love the waters of the Gulf of Mexico AND the Atlantic ocean.

I love hearing the seagulls call and watching them swoop down to scoop fish out of the turquoise waters of the Gulf.

AND I love eating seafood, particularly Florida Blue Crab and I love setting nautical tablescapes to go with my Florida Blue Crab theme.


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Master Bedroom Reveal As Promised!!!

Master Bedroom Reveal As Promised!!!

I Can’t Believe it!!!

The Master Bedroom make-over has been finished for a couple months and I just realized that I have not shown you the complete results, …..just bits and pieces.

But then, is a make-over ever, ever really over or finished?


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Dusty, Dirty Old Shoes!

Dusty, Dirty Old Shoes!

I hope the sun is shining where you are and that you are having a wonderful day.

Don’t you love the week-ends? I sure do.

On this beautiful Sunday Morning…I would like to share a poem written by Leanne Freiberg.


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The Differences Between (Most) Women And (Most) Men….

The Difference Between (Most) Women And (Most) Men….

“Honey, wasn’t that your turn?” I ask sweetly.

“No, I wanted to go this way because I wanted to see that new 7-11 they are building further up the street.” he mutters softly under his breath.



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Help!!! Hans Brinker! Where Are You When I Need You?

My dear readers….a good friend of mine called to chat and just happened to mention that she had a water leak in her bathroom.  She was a bit distraught because they had found mold and would have to replace sheetrock etc.  She said she had emptied out cabinets and had boxes everywhere.

I could sympathize with her.

It brought to mind my story from about three years ago.  I dug it out of the archives, posting it again.

I cringe just thinking back to that day.

If you missed it the first time around…sit back and relax, it is quite a story.

Where Is That Little Dutch Boy When You Need Him?


 statue of anonymous boy 










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Paradise? Not A Problem With This Tablescape!


Tropical Paradise!

Usually when one says where would you like to be right this very minute….

                                                …..the answer is usually, ….

…….a Tropical place.  


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Happy Mother’s Day, 2017!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you …..

Today is the day we celebrate Mothers, but it is also a celebration of all women and all that they do for their families, friends and their communities.

In church today, a wonderful woman with silver hair confessed that she had not been blessed with children, but I know her life has been a life of serving others and in my book…that counts as being a Mother.

That is why I love the scripture below….Proverbs 31….starting with verse 10.

I underlined it in red in my Bible almost 50 years ago. These verses list the qualities of the virtuous woman. 


A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her, and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still night;

she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

She considers a field and buys it;

out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate,

where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Proverbs 31:10-31



There are daily challenges to being a Proverbs 31 woman…and when we accomplish these goals, it is truly a blessing to our families, …but also comes with a great satisfaction within ourselves.

Happy Mother’s Day!




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